"Turkey and Greece are giving a common answer to those in Europe who have the attitude that Greece and Turkey should deal with the crisis on their own," Davutoğlu told a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart in Turkey's Aegean coastal city of Izmir.
Greece's Tsipras said the two countries would step up efforts to tackle traffickers in the Aegean Sea and would not implement "some plan imposed on us by some of our partners. We're here to solve a problem that concerns us, our values, our civilization," he said."We have decided to intensify our cooperation and to re-affirm the bilateral agreement. That is very important," he added.
Turkey already hosts 2.7 million refugees from the five-year civil war in neighboring Syria, more than any other country.Within the bilateral talks on Tuesday both countries also agreed to a series of cooperation agreements to further integrate highway, rail and maritime transport networks. Davutoğlu gave the news as he announced that direct flights between Ankara and Athens would begin.
The Turkish premier also praised Tsipras's friendly attitude towards Muslims in Europe.
Davutoğlu reiterated that the visa requirement for Turkish citizens to travel to EU countries will be lifted by the end of June.In the press conference, Davutoğlu also touched upon the rocket attack earlier in the day that killed two people in the border town of Kilis.
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